Spartans on the Road at #21 BVU

Apr 18, 2014 | J.Crane

STORM LAKE, IOWA - The University of Dubuque Baseball team continued its toughest stretch of the season on Friday night with a doubleheader against #21 Buena Vista University. The Spartans undoing in both games was the defense with UD committing a combined nine errors. UD lost 8-1 in game one and 8-2 in game two. Will Fogel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South) had three hits and two runs scores on the day. The losses dropped the Spartans record to 10-18 overall and 6-11 in the Iowa Conference.

Score by Innings   -- Game 1 --   R H E
Spartans  0 0  1 0  0   -  1 3 3
Buena Vista  0 0  5 1  X   -   8   13   2 
WIN: Ringblom (5-1)     LOSS: Garst (1-3)
BOX SCORE                      

The Spartans and Beavers were held scoreless through the first three innings before UD broke through with one run in the top of the fourth. Fogel started the inning by reaching on an error by the Buena Vista leftfielder and advanced to second when the ball got away from the fielder. After a groundball advanced him to third, he scored on a failed pickoff attempt by the BVU pitcher. BVU answered with five runs of thier own in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead.

BVU scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to pull away for the 8-1 victory. Freshman Dalton Garst (Winnebago, Ill./Winnebago) took the loss on the mound for the Spartans. Garst pitched four innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out five. Alan Kopp (Verona, Wis./Verona) struckout two hitters in two innings of relief.

Score by Innings   -- Game 2 --   R H E
Spartans  0 0  1 0  1 0  -   2   6   6 
Buena Vista  2 0  1 0  0 2  -   8   9   0 
WIN: Harris (5-0)     LOSS: H.Miller (1-4)
BOX SCORE                          

The Spartans found themselves down early with Buena Vista scoring two in the first and one in the third to take a 3-0 lead through three innings. UD threatened for a possible big inning in the top of the fourth after back-to-back singles by Fogel and Daniel Casanova (Lake Tapps, Wash./Auburn Riverside) to start the inning. Austin McWhite (Orlando, Fla./Wekiva) followed with a deep fly ball to centerfield that was caught but allowed Fogel and Casanova to advance to second and third with one out. A walk by Vince Parisi (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) loaded the bases for game one starting pitcher Garst. With the BV infield back at double play depth, Garst hit a chopper to the third baseman who attempted to turn the double play retiring Parisi at second but Garst beat the throw at first for the RBI fielders choice. Buena Vista scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and two in the sixth for a 6-1 lead. 

UD manufactured a run in the seventh with Parisi leading off the inning with a double to right center. A groundout by Garst moved Parisi to third for Michael Salazar (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain). Salazar hit a deep fly ball to center field for the sacrifice fly to score Parisi for the second Spartans run of the game. 

Harley Miller (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) was the losing pitcher in game two working 5.2 innings with six runs (three-earned) on eight hits and three strikeouts. The UD defense commited six errors in game two allowing four unearned runs to score. 

Casanova finished 2-4 while Eddie Pablo (Yelm, Wash./Yelm) hit his team high ninth double of the year.

 UP NEXT: The Spartans and Beavers will continue their four game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 19th. Due to the threat of severe weather in the afternoon the start time for game one has been moved up to 11:00 am.

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